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, a cnn exclusive and a very candid discussion with a man who once had it all. >> i'm sweating up in here. >> jason williams on his rise, his fall, and why he says prison saved his life. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. thank you so much for joining us. i'm going to get you up to speed now. hundreds of thousands of people are spending tonight in oppressive darkness caused bay brutal heatwave and widespread power outages. crews are working overtime and they could be at it for days. trying to restore electricity in ohio, virginia, and several other states. more on the record breaking heat in a moment here on cnn. >>> in colorado, families are getting their first look at what remains of their homes after a deadly wildfire tore through the neighborhoods of colorado springs. on cnn's state of the union, the colorado governor described what he saw as he flew over the pike national forest. take a listen. >> it was like your worst nightmare of a movie set, trying to show what the apocalypse or armageddon would like look like. we flew a helicopter in. this was as the fire was going on. i
. >> everything has pretty much just collapsed on to the facement. >>> plus, a cnn exclusive. and a very candid discussion with a man who once had it all. jason williams on his rise, his fall, and why he says prison saved his life. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. i'm going to get you up to speed now. hundreds of thousands of people are in darkness because of oppressive heat and widespread blackouts. more on the record-breaking heat in a moment on cnn. >>> in colorado, families are getting their first look at what remains of their home, after a deadly wildfire tore through the neighborhoods of colorado springs. on cnn state of the union, the colorado governor described what he saw as he flew over the pike national forest. take a listen. >> it was like the apocalypse or what armageddon would look like. we flew a helicopter over top. and this is when the fire was going on. i thought it was trees burning. it was home. >>> a mississippi federal court judge has issued temporary restraining order which will keep a clinic open until july 11th. the clinic was facing clo
other states. more on the record breaking heat in a moment here on cnn. >>> in colorado, families are getting their first look at what remains of their homes after a deadly wildfire tore through the neighborhoods of colorado springs. on cnn's state of the union, the colorado governor described what he saw as he flew over the pike national forest. take a listen. >> it was like your worst nightmare of a movie set, trying to show what the apocalypse or armageddon would like look like. we flew a helicopter in. this was as the fire was going on. i thought it was trees burning. as we got closer, it was homes. >>> to mississippi now, where that state's only remaining abortion clinic will stay open at least for the time being. the clinic owner told us tonight that a mississippi federal court judge has issued a temporary restraining order, which will keep the clinic open until at least july 11th. a hearing is set for that date. the clinic was facing closure under a new state law. in a few minutes, we'll go live to jackson, mississippi, for the late else. >>> exit polls in mexico project th
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in a moment on cnn. >>> in colorado, families are getting their first look at what remains of their home, after a deadly wildfire tore through the neighborhoods of colorado springs. on cnn state of the union, the colorado governor described what he saw as he flew over the pike national forest. take a listen. >> it was like the apocalypse or what armageddon would look like. we flew a helicopter over top. and this is when the fire was going on. i thought it was trees burning. it was home. >>> a mississippi federal court judge has issued temporary restraining order which will keep a clinic open until july 11th. the clinic was facing closure under a new state low. in a few minutes, we'll go to jackson, mississippi, for the latest. >>> exit polls in mexico show that rico pena nieto. many cast ballots after waiting in lines. in neito wins, the revolutionary party will return to power for the first time in 12 years. >>> until today, we did not have the kind of road map. >> hopefully diplomats plan syria won't be a road map to nowhere. secretary of state hillary clinton praised the
. a live report from virginia just one minute away on cnn. families are getting their first look at what remains of their homes after a deadly wildfire tore through the neighborhoods of colorado springs. roads will be open for several hours allowing families to cautiously examine what's left of their homes. >> just been like a mess because those are people's lives and we are watching it. so my heart goes out to them. >> we should tell you that this area is under a red flag warning today which means a chance a fast moving fire could flare up again. we will go there live for you in a moment, as well. >>> turkey's military said today it scrambled fighter jets and took action after syrian helicopters got a little too close for comfort. turkey has ramped up presence along the border after a fighter jet was shot nine days ago. >>> mexicans are going to the polls today choosing a new president, officials calling it the largest and most complex in the country's history. in mexico city some polls opened late and lines stretched for blocks. polls close in less than three hours. >>> wide spread pow
're telling a love story tonight here on cnn, a man and a woman. they met, they fell in love. before you knew it, they're going to the championshipal the way it's supposed to happen except one thing. here is the bride and groom, who saturdays ago, the day they walked down the aisle. at the very last minute charles and teandrea. it turned out to be a problem. the wilsons are live with me now from jackson, mississippi. first of all, congratulations. it didn't exactly happen the way you expected it to. you did eventually get married, but not where you wanted to. charles, take over the story from here. you're two days from your wedding in your home church. what happens? >> well, basically we were told that -- my wife was called and they said because of the fact that we were black, some of the members of the congregation had got upset and decided no black couple would ever be married in her church. as she informed me, i decided to come home and comfort her. >> in all your time in this church, and i know your wife had been a member there for more than a year, her father and uncle also members. in a
to forget him. >>> then a first for the u.s. and the olympics. >>> hello, i'm deborah feyerick at the cnn world headquarters in tonight nor don lemon. let's get you up to speed on some of the day's headlines. the colorado suspect linked to the mass shooting spree back in court in just a couple of hours. james holmes expected to be formally charged with 12 counts of first degree murder. 58 others injured. court documents show holmes was a patient of a university of colorado psychiatrist before the attack. a live report from the courthouse is just ahead. >>> this is jerusalem, the old city. republican presidential hopeful mitt romney praying at the jewish holy site, the western wall. romney met western leaders and raised eyebrows and said israel's capital is jerusalem. romney left no guessing where he stands on israel's defense against iran. >> we recognize israel's right to defend itself and that it is right for america to stand with you. full details on romney's day in jerusalem coming up in a moment. >>> defense secretary leon panetta says the battle for aleppo will be another nail in pr
week, you can talk to me online at cnn.com/sanjay or on twitter. now, let's get things going in cnn. >>> from the cnn headquarters in atlanta this is cnn sunday morning. extreme heat baking half of the country and more than 300,000 still without power and at least 30 dead. a cold front is on the way, but relief may come at a dangerous price. plus, a new discovery about a mystery illness. children dying from a frightening infection that kills within days. >>> and later, a mexican drug cartel busted on u.s. soil, and three tons of marijuana and $2 million in cash and you will million in cash and you will never believe what else. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good mornings, everyone, i'm randi kaye and thank you for starting the morning with us. we begin this hour with the h t heat. it has been so bad that 30 deaths across the united states are blame hed on the heat wave. we get more from melissa rainy. >> reporter: saturday brought another day of blistering heat and in some areas that is more triple temperatures. people are looking for relief wherever they can find it. >>
adviser to president spoke with cnn's candy crowley. >> the threshold for governor romney is this. is he's equipped, is he prepared to become a commander in chief and when he gets off in the first leg of this trip and he goes to great britain and he insults the british people and david cameron the prime minister and the mayor of london both rebuke him, the question becomes this is if he can't engage our allies on a simple topic like the international olympics, how is he going to be tough enough to stand up to our gravest enemy like iran. >> well, you can hear mitt romney's full speech in jerusalem next hour right here on cnn. >>> now to syria where rebels and government forces are still fighting to gain control of the country's major commercial center. here's what's happening there. [ speaking foreign language ] >> you see the rebels there taking hold of that government tank and they claim they're making some progress. it's getting very violent as you saw. our ivan watson is witnesses some of fight firsthand from northern syria. earlier he told me about an army base that's surrounded by
' families and the governor and local officials so stay with cnn. president obama expected to make some public comments in a few minutes and we will have that for you live of course on cnn. the president is going to speak not long before a citywide gathering of people here in aurora. they will pray, they will honor the people killed, and they will be together. at the scene where the people of aurora are beginning to gather right now. take us there. what is expected to happen where you are later? >> reporter: well, in about 90 minutes, this prayer vigil will begin. we're already beginning to see people gather in this rather large square. if you look behind me, you can see there are chairs set up and people are standing around this area. there is a stage set up. a podium. what we are expecting to hear today is a community trying to come to grips with what has happened. trying to moveeyond the actual shooting and work on becoming a community of healing. we're expecting to hear from the governor, the mayor, as well as victims. victims' families, people who were inside there. sharing their e
for sgmd. stay connected at cnn.com/sanjay. keep the conversation going as well on twitter. time now for a check of your top stories from the cnn newsroom. >>> hello everyone. i'm don lemon in colorado from where i've been reporting all week. we're going to get you up to speed on the tragedy that happened here a week ago. many of the victims had been laid to rest all week some of them today as well. over my shoulder at this courthouse behind me the suspect in all of this, a 24-year-old man, will go to court for a second time where he will officially hear the charges against him. a lot of developments. we're working on a documentary that airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern. me and my colleague drew griffin of the investigative unit will be getting you up to speed on all the information coming out of here in colorado. a lot of it. just over a week ago i should tell you no one had any idea they'd be trying to make sense of the huge tragedy out here in colorado. and least of all the family members of those shot and killed in theater nine last friday. well, today services were held to remem
>>> hello everyone. i'm don lemon. coming to you live from aurora, colorado you're in the cnn newsroom. let's get you up to speed now on what's happening here in aurora. a community still in deep shock today. the mayor of aurora talked to reporters a few minutes ago. he's been meeting with victims of yesterday's horrific movie theater shooting. this is the mayor. >> one of the people i met with this morning at the hospital was somebody who was hit with buckshot in his back, broken rib, punctured lung, broken coar bone. came out his back at the base of his neck. he is doing well right now, believe it or not. that's because he got to the hospital and because the doctors and nurses at the hospital do the best job that they can do. >> now about the apartment where the suspect, james holmes, lived. police say it was definitely booby trapped, rigged with trip wires and some sort of explosive devices. there is still no all clear from the apartment. ed lavendara is there live for us. i'll talk with him in a minute. 12 people died almost 6 o others injured when the masked man sprayed a
>>> from aurora, colorado, this is "cnn saturday morning." good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> we are clear that we are going to rise back and lift ourselves above this. >> arora mourns as it tries to come to grips with this mass shooting at a movie theater. we are putting names with faces and learning new information this morning about the victims' identities. >> it is a very vexing problem how to enter that apartment safely. i personally have never seen anything like what the pictures show us. >> and right now, police and the atf are at suspect james holmes' apartment building. we have some live pictures for you now. they're trying to figure out how they're going to get inside and get past those booby traps that they say he set. shock, anger and disbelief as the community tries to make sense of a mass shooting inside a crowded movie theater. it was supposed to be a night of fun. 12 people are dead, 58 others injured. and the cover of today's "denver post" sums up the feeling here -- "our hearts are broken." ♪ how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me ♪ >> hundre
. stay where you are for all the details as we learn them coming up this evening. let's go to cnn's britneanna kuehler. >> the worst drought in 50 years is crippling farmers in the midwest. half of the states in the regime are reported to be in severe to exceptional drought, the region that produces 75% of the nation's corn and soybean crop. it's especially hard on live stock, many ranchers having to sell off herds early. >>> u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon says the fighting in syria is destroying the country and many syrians would probably agree with him. the opposition says at least 96 people were killed today as battles raged in damascus and other hot spots. dutch journalist sandra van horn is in the capital. >> reporter: a wider area of central damascus it was life almost as usual. now the last three hours a new development has been fierce fighting in the southern suburbs of damascus. i can hear heavy shelling and gun fire and it's been going on with an intensity that i didn't see before in the nine days that i'm in damascus right now. >> the rebels are making gains in othe
money on brakes. now that's personal pricing. >>> you're in the cnn "newsroom." i'm fredericka whitfield. we want to bring you up-to-date surrounding the movie massacre. things are beginning to move rather quickly this hour in aurora, colorado. the scene of the mass shooting at the movie theater that left 12 people dead. new developments at the shooting suspect's apartment now, just moments ago, a controlled detonation of sorts. you heard the boom there. all we understand is that police actually yelled "fire in the hole" three times after placing some sort of wiring through the window by way of bomb experts that were in a bucket that were lifted to that third floor level. they placed some sort of wiring in there and we understand from our security analysts who we spoke to last hour who was explained to us that a device would then be shot into the window when they felt like we had a good point of view. so you heard the boom there. still unclear from the police department whether this was mission accomplished. we don't know if they actually hit their target. we hope to hear more details an
rainy, cnn. >>> and check out the weather map, because the cold front is coming down from the great lakes, but a warning while the temperatures are dropping, there is a threat of severe storms following that very same path. we could see lightning, hail and some severe winds. >>> this morning, two indiana parents are accused of leaving their babies in hot cars in the middle of the blistering heat wave. one of them actually die d. police in greenfield say this man left his 4-month-daughter in a car for an extended period of time with temps around 103 degrees and the baby later died in the hospital. 25 miles a wway in the town of fisher this mom is accused of neglecting her 16-month-old daughter by leaving her in a car at a shopping mall. >>> hillary clinton made it clear that time is running out for syria's government. she talked about high level defections from the syrian military and the growing strength of the opposition forces. >> the future to me should be abundantly clear to those who support the assad regime. the days are numbered. >> clinton was in tokyo for a donors conferenc
was on long island, new york, at $3.83 a gallon. >>> well, we're telling a love story tonight here on cnn. a man and a woman, they met, they fell in love, and before you knew it, they're going to the chapel, just like the way it's supposed to happen. except one thing. here's the bride and groom two saturdays ago, the day they walked down the aisle. but at the very last minute, charles and tiandria wilson had to change venues. they want to get married at their home church. well, that turned out to be a problem for some people. charles and tiandria are live with me now from jackson, mississippi. first of all, congratulations. didn't exactly happen the way you expected it to. you did eventually get married, but not where you wanted to. charles, take over the story from here. you're two days from your wedding in your home church. what happens? >> well, basically we were told that my wife was called and said because of the fact that we were black, so many members of the congregation got upset and decided no black couple would ever be married at that church. as she informed me, i decided to com
and slowly are trickling into the cnn newsroom. if you were tuned into the last hour, our pentagon correspondent barbara starr confirming staff sergeant jesse childress of the u.s. air force. if you remember, randi, four servicemen in all shot and wounded early friday morning in the aurora, colorado, movie theater shooting, but we've just confirmed staff sergeant jesse childress of california. he was a member of the air force reserve, active duty. his family telling cnn that they were notified at about 1:00 a.m. this morning of his death. john larimer, petty officer with the u.s. navy, also among the list of deceased that cnn has been able to independently confirm. he's a 27-year-old, was in the u.s. navy for less than a year, and was serving his first post there in colorado. the family notified about his death last night. we spoke to -- i spoke to his father, scott, from crystal lake, illinois. he said "we send our thoughts and prayers out to families of the other victims and those still recovering in the hospital. we love you, john, and we will always miss you." matt mcquinn also
a cnn special. as i said, we'll look back at the lives of those lost inside the colorado movie theater. we are committed to this story and bringing you the very latest on it and we'll cover it from the beginning to the end. our one-hour special "madness at midnight" airs right here on cnn 8:00 p.m. eastern and then again at 10:00 p.m. eastern. make sure you join us. in the meantime, we have a lot of other news to cover here. i'll go back to atlanta, now, for my colleague deb furyk. it has been an emotional week here. many report earns journalists have been here. it's been emotional for us but nothing like what this community and family members are dealing with here. >> clearly, this is so sad and such a tragedy that's affected everyone. don, thanks so much. we'll get back to you but right now let's get everyone up to speed on the day's headlines. a possible copycat crime. a maryland man now undergoing an evaluation after allegedly calling himself a joker as in the batman character and threatening to blow up his co-workers. police say neil prescott was in the process of being fired yest
on cnn as well. that's expected around 7:30 p.m. eastern, just under 30 minutes from now. we'll have that live from aurora for you. as i mentioned a few minutes ago, police are revealing a little of what they found in the shooting suspect's apartment. i want to get to ed lavendera now. he is outside. what are police saying now? what did they find in that apartment? >> reporter: explosives that this man put together. after they went through a great deal of effort which took about 36 hours from the moment they went in to james holmes' apartment, they were able to start taking away the evidence and the belongings from what we can tell, they have completely cleared out his apartment. a law enforcement source tells cnn, they removed interestingly enough a batman poster, a batman mask, and his computer. all of that has been taken away from the apartment. and obviously, they're going through that computer, trying to see what kind of evidence they might be able to find. they're hoping that would be a type of clue that would provide a great deal of evidence. and depth into what exactly james
the conversation going on twitter at cnn p cnn.com/sanjay. now, let's get a check of the now, let's get a check of the top stories. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye, and it is 8:00 on the east coast and 6:00 a.m. here in aurora, colorado, where this small town and the entire country are united in shock and grief and joyful and excited fans had packed a movie theater here for a night of fun, but for 12 people, it is the last night of their lives. over the next weeks and months, will hear more about suspected shooter james holmes and tomorrow he will make a court appearance and likely the first of many. you will hear his name over and over and usually, it is the suspected killer that gets most of the attention. eric harris and derrick klebold from columbincolumbine, and and vick from norway and in fact, today is one year anniversary of that killing. but the names we should be hearing are the names of the victims. we want to start this morning by remembering those who lost their lives friday morning as told by those people they left behind. >> it is
swimming which is twice what you would burn in on a brisk walk. you can stay connected to me with cnn.com/sanjay. time now to get a check of the top stories in the "cnn newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> from cnn world headquarters atlanta, this is cnn sunday morning. trying to make a comeback from the embarrassing first run. not an olympic athlete, but mitt romney's international tour. plus, a stunning victory and surprising defeat. a tale of two american swimmers in last night's must-see 400 meter race. >>> and the suspect in the aurora shooting in court tomorrow. he could face more than 100 charges. >>> a veteran colorado pros prosecutor explains why. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm randi kay. we start with mitt romney's eventful visit to israel. he went to the western wall after he sat down with leaders like benjamin netanyahu and shimon peres. and jim acosta has been traveling with mitt romney, and he joins us by phone. mitt romney is due to give an address today and what do you believe that the focus will be on, jim? >> well, he is expected to say in remarks la
to wrap it up today. meantime, keep connected with me sgmdcnn. sgmdcnn. i will see you this week on cnn. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> a new law in mississippi takes place, and it could force the state's only remaining abortion clinic to close. >> this storm came upon us very quickly without a great deal of notice. >>> the storm that has left millions without power has now claimed 12 lives. temperatures still in the triple digits. what could to blackout mean for your safety? plus, 23 siblings, and married at 17. i will talk to one woman who spent 50 years in a polygamist family and is now speaking out against it. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm randi kay. it is 5:00 on the west coast and 8:00 a.m. on the east coast. my car said it was 112 in atlanta and it is going to be hotter, and the same today with excessive heat warnings issued for 19 states which is complicating the efforts to get the power back on for millions who lost electricity in storms over the past two days. many cities have cooling centers open to help people get a break from the heat. as for the strong storms
enforcement official briefed on the investigation tells cnn police and the fbi have discovered a package in the university of colorado mail room that appears to have been mailed by the suspected shooter, james holmes. cnn's ed lavandera is in aurora for us. ed, what do we know about this package? >> reporter: well, we're still trying to gather information on what exactly is inside that package, wolf. but as you mentioned that law enforcement official telling cnn that on monday police and fbi discovered a package that was apparent apparently sent by james holmes, the 24-year-old suspected gunman. now it's unclear obviously if this package was indeed sent by him, it was clearly sent before he was taken into custody. it arrived at some point on monday at the university mail room. we've also been told by hospital officials over the last couple of days this is something we've been monitoring for some time that there were two packages that were suspicious and were being looked into, one found in the mail room and also one that was actually delivered to a university professor. so we've been try
by cnn to a shooting almost exactly like this. the shooting at virginia tech, the shooting in arizona of congresswoman gabby giffords. young men, college age, going to college, secretly plotting and planning and carrying out these massacres. and right now we just don't have any answers as to why it happened. fare? >> drew, thank you very much. drew brings up a good point. it's so depressing seeing these things repeat themselves over and over and over again. let's remember the victims, the 12 people who lost their lives and 58 others wounded. nick valencia has some new information. a fourth victim has been identified. nick? >> yes, gary, that's right. this morning new information into the cnn newsroom. this attributed to the dayton daily news. we're finding out the names of one of the 12 that perish said at the guns of james holmes. matt mcquinn was killed, one of the 12 killed there on early friday morning in aurora, co co. his family, like many others of the victims, agonized for hours to find out that he was dead. he died while covering his girlfriend, gary, while shielding her from
from her home at gunpoint. cnn's lisa sylvester's working the story for us. what happened here, lisa? >> hi there, wolf. what we know is this all started about 7:00, 8:00 yesterday morning when a man apparently approached and went to violet ripken's house and abducted her at gunpoint. he then according to authorities spent most of the day driving around in her car throughout central maryland. and it was only until around 8:30 last night when there was a citizen in the neighboring county, in baltimore county, who saw a suspicious vehicle. he called it in to county authorities. and at that point it was that tip that eventually led to violet ripken being found this morning unharmed back near her house in aberdeen. she was however bound. authorities at this point are not clear what the motive is in all of this. they do say though that her credit cards have been used, but there was no apparent ransom that was discussed. a ransom never came up at all. we have more information now from the police chief here at aberdeen. >> he was driving her vehicle, which was a silver lincoln continental.
going. facebook dooth com/carol cnn. thanks as always for your comments. i sure appreciate them. thanks for joining me this morning. cnn newsroom continues right now with kyra phillips. >>> hello everyone. it's 11:00 on the east coast. 8:00 on the west. crops withering as the severe drought sweeps across the country. get ready to pay more for your food. >>> and one day until the opening ceremonies and we already have our first olympic doping scandal. >>> rebels ready to fight to the end to take control of syria's largest city. we'll take you inside the exploding civil war. >>> grieving families and friends begin to bury their loved ones and a stunning clue out of aurora, colorado. a letter discovered in the mail room at the university of colorado's medical campus sent by james holmes. the details inside that package apparently contained key details about friday's theater massacre and could finally expose not only how holmes allegedly executed his rampage but also answer the one question no one knows or understands. why? let's get straight to ed lavendara on the ground for us in
fund. the school fund. brian todd, cnn, washington. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. utility crew us are trying to restore power in areas struck by friday night's deadly storms. close to a million people are facing another hot night in the dark. well, a lot of those outages are in the same places suffering from blistering high temperatures. 20 states issued heat warnings or advisories today and about 1,600 high temperature records have been broken around the country. >>> families are getting their first look at what remains of their homes after a deadly wildfire tore through the neighborhood of colorado springs. roads will be open for several hours allowing families to cautiously examine what's left of their houses. the area is under a red flag warning, which means there is a chance a fast-moving fire could flare up again. >>> some tense moments today after turkey scrambled jets in response to syrian helicopters that approached the border. turkey warned syria not to come close to its air space. >>> i'm sweating up in here. >> yes, he was. for
with cnn. they will be with me live right here later this evening. and it's becoming a very long, hot summer for a big chunk of the country. extreme heat is making life miserable for folks in the southern plains. heat advisories and heat warnings blanket parts of oklahoma and arkansas. temperatures spiking, listen to this, from 105 to 113 degrees. and that's the forecast through thursday. >>> there he is, getting the vip treatment almost presidential treatment in jerusalem. the presumed republican nominee, mitt romney, today, he weighed in on the status of jerusalem. he tells cnn he considers jerusalem the capital of israel and believes the american embassy should be there, not tel aviv. he also mentioned iran on the regional defense. >> we recognize israel's right to defend itself and its right to america to stand with you. >> also today in gentlemjerusal romney and his wife visited the western wall. you can see him putting a little piece of paper in there. one of the oldest in the old city. you can see him there making a prayer. one of the men running president obama's re-election e
. it's cnn presents cruise to disaster. 8:00 eastern time. some exclusive new images and details. make sure you tune in. >>> top of the hour now. i'm ashleigh banfield. i'm standing in for brooke baldwin. this is one of the hottest 4th of julys on record. it is steaming out there. extreme heat paralyzing much of the midwest and all the way up to the dakotas too. the heat index racing up into the 115s. the death toll from the heat and related storms now reaching 20. the virginias, in particular, having a terrible time. in some cases police are having to hand out ice. hundreds of thousands of people who have not had power since friday since a wave of violent storms hit pretty much at their wits end. lizzie has been following this story. there's a critical problem. west virginia hit the worst and they are talking about water now. water, a serious problem for a lot of people there. >> this is something a lot of people don't think about in the first wave of coverage of a storm. you tend to hear about power loss, but you have a lot of water systems that are running on electricity. a lot of p
like a war zone. to find out more on how to help, go to cnn.com/impact. they can use your help. you can find all the organizations and ways that you can help those in need. again, cnn.com/impact. can't say that enough. >>> more now on the heat wave and those power ounls. crews are working around the clock in states from virginia and ohio, maryland, new jersey, trying to get the power back on so tens of thousands of people can cool off. brian todd with the latest now. >> reporter: these are the lifesavers. power company teams scrambling to bring transform es back online. but for millions in the midwest and mid-atlantic, these crews can't work fast enough. >> i hate it. it's horrible. we can't, all our -- in case of an emergency, we can't make a call or anything. >> reporter: in the wake of devastating storms, 20 states are dealing with excessive heat warnings. temperatures over 100 degrees are scorching much of the southeastern u.s. more than a million customers still have no power and that means huge numbers are at risk. >> a heatstroke is when you start having neurological problems. co
on, by it could be days before that happens. cnn's athena jones is live in springfield, virginia, for us, and athena, welcome, and how is the cleanup going? >> good morning, randi. well sh well, the cleanup is going in spits and starts. you can see the debris out here in the medium that is left to be picked up. you can see behind me where a giant tree fell on the power lines here. this tree killed a 27-year-old man on friday night who was driving home from work. it is an example of the kind of thing that the cleanup crews are facing. we were in rockville, maryland, on the other side of washington, d.c. yesterday and there were people out clearing debris, and clearing these giant trees from the road and cutting them down for mulch, but it is a lot they have to do it and they have to do it in the heat today, randi. >> what are the odds that people will get the power back on today? any word on that? >> well, i don't think that you have heard anyone promise that it will be happen today. you can see that this is an extreme situation that we are dealing with something that would take s
three of the victims memorialized today were in their 20s. >>> and tonight at 8:00, cnn's don lemon host as special report madness at midnight, the search for answers in aurora. >>> now to travels overseas for mitt romney. he just landed in tel aviv after taking a charter flight from england. he's hoping to redeem himself after some rather embarrassing gaffes in london. the british media had a field day after romney appeared to question whether they were ready to host the games. they even dubbed him mitt the twit. and now to a remembrance of 9/11. on that day, 40 passengers and crew members of flight 93 died when their hijacked plane crashed in somerset county, pennsylvania. today the navy christened a ship named in honor of the heros who died on that flight in a ship yard in afternoon dale, a suburb of new orleans, family members of those killed gathered. a bottle of sparkling wine was smashed against its hull. >>> and explosions shatter buildings. you hear from a woman in syria's largest city coming under heavy attack today. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as pa
of families that are struggling today in this great country. it doesn't have to be this way. >> cnn white house correspondent dan lothian traveled with the president through ohio and pennsylvania this week and has more. >> reporter: well, wolf, the president had been campaigning in mostly big cities, attending fund-raisers surrounded by the rich and famous. but this bus tour took him to small towns in ohio and pennsylvania. people who supported him in 2008, and voters he's trying to hang on to come november. it's a more retail-style approach, but unlike the president's other official bus trips last year, this one has campaign written all over it. there's a big presidential seal on the door and the venue in the small city of maumee, ohio, has been carefully staged. white picket fences, a large american flag, and a soft story about his daughter. >> then it was malia's birthday yesterday. see, when she was small, i could say, all these fireworks i had arranged for her birthday. but she doesn't believe me anymore. >> reporter: but his speech turned tough when the president took on his opponen
and assault rifles. cnn's ivan watson actually crossed into northern syria and spoke with the rebels who vowed to fight to the death to overthrow assad. >> translator: a father stained with the blood of his son. this is the blood of a martyr, he yells. of a hero, his blood is pure. mad grief and pride from a man who just learned his son died in battle. he was only 22 years old, a defector from the syrian military. he died tuesday morning fighting for the rebel free syrian army. he is the fourth man from this small hill top village to be killed battling the government. a fellow fighter brought rashid home to be buried and said he was shot in the syrian city of aleppo. a helicopter killed your friend today. >> yes. >> reporter: on a roof top. on top of a building. >> yes. >> reporter: what began 17 months ago as a peaceful protest movement has morphed into a full-fledged armed insurgency composed of defector soldiers as well as students, shopkeepers, real estate agents, and even members of president bashar al assad's ruling baath party. you were in the baath party before. >> yeah. >> reporter: f
is that moviegoers will not be allowed in the theater wearing costumes or mask. mary snow, cnn, new york. >> thanks for watching. i'm don lemon in aurora, colorado. a live "situation room" with wolf blitzer begins right now. >>> happening now -- police blast into the caused colorado killer's apartment. >> this is some serious stuff that our team is dealing with. >> and discovered devices boopy trapped to kill. plus, stories of heroism among the gunfire, and chilling tales of survival. >> i was just thinking, we've got to get out. >> just a few millimeters in or sent meters in, and i don't think i would have left the theater. >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> right now, explosives experts in aurora, colorado, are putting themselves in harm's way. they are trying to make sure the apartment left booby trapped by the suspect in the colorado shootings is finally saved. a few hours ago, we watched as crews carefully placeded a robot in the apartment and then waited for it to set off an explosion to take out
a very sick teenager may be allowed to die. but first, this just in to cnn. a greek athlete has been booted from the olympic games for a racist tweet. let's go straight to london. zane, you just told me this happened. we got you up top. what did it say? who are we talking about? >> reporter: hi, kyra. this is the first olympic casualty. she is a champion triple jumper from greece voula papachristo and is believed to have said on twitter, with so many africans in greece at least the west nile mosquito will eat home made food. the reaction to that was very quick and very angry. her tweet was deleted. she apologized shortly after that on her facebook page saying she was really sorry for her tasteless comment and that i respect all people and all races. she went on to say she really believes in the values and meaning of the olympics. now, this athlete is only 23 years old. this was to be her first ever olympic games. she is not even here yet, kyra. she was in athens on her way to london in the next couple days but was booted out almost instantly from the team after she posted that tweet.
. they think that's how he amassed the huge amount of ammunition for his attacks. cnn's ed lavendera is just outside the holmes' apartment complex in aurora. and what are the police and the bomb squads doing right now? >> reporter: well, wolf, it's been a very active last few hours here in this neighborhood. that red brick building you see behind me just to the left of that white truck, that is the building where 24-year-old james holmes lived. and that was where the apartment was that was trapped. they've spent a great deal of time. you heard that explosion. that was deliberately set off by the bomb squad here to begin to try to begin the process of dismantling the trip wires and what they call a very sophisticated setup inside that apartment that could have been very deadly. because of that, authorities now say that they feel that the major threats that were inside that apartment have been diffused, and it's not totally safe yet, but they can begin the process of removing all of the explosive materials that were inside holmes' apartment and they're beginning to take that out. but what's be
right now with "cnn newsroom." >>> happening right now, overnight protests turning violent. store windows smashed, after a police officer apparently shot an unarmed man. >>> and a medical mystery as hepatitis c has an outbreak. the lab tech suspected of starting it all now in custody. >>> chilling and terrifying. new video surfacing of an attack six years ago. a 6,000 pound killer whale at sea world attacks his trainer and pulling him underwater for 15 minutes. >>> secret no longer. brand-new information this morning on what we will see during the olympics opening ceremonies friday night. details leaking out from london. two early hints, james bond and harry potter. >>> "newsroom" begins right now. >>> and good morning to you. i'm carol costello. thanks for being with us. we begin with a single stor that captures both the heartbreak and the hope of the shooting rampage in colorado. this morning, americans are rallying to help this man, shooting victim caleb medley. he is in critical condition right now with gunshot wounds to his head, but that's only part of the story. he is also
right now. when it comes to battleground voters, the numbers aren't so close. the brand new cnn orc polls are just in. we're breaking them down for you. standby. >>> also millions still without power, baking in record heat in washington, d.c., in the mid-atlantic, days after being clobbered by a deadly monster storm. is there any relief in sight? >>> and an american grad student fights for his life after being violently mauled by two chimps in south africa. ahead, the horrifying details of the attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." these numbers just coming in. let's go to the battle for the white house. a brand new cnn o.r.c. poll is just being released right now. take a look at just how tight the race is. among registered voters nationally, nationally. 49% say they are for president obama versus 46% for mitt romney. that's with a 2.5% samplining err error. despite the landmark ruling, there's been no change in the number for either candidate since the last poll that came out in may. look at this, when it comes to voters in the so-called battleground states, abou
nominee, mitt romney, today, he weighed in on the status of jerusalem. he tells cnn he considers jerusalem the capital of israel and believes the american embassy should be there, not tel aviv. he also mentioned iran on the regional defense. >> we recognize israel's right to defend itself and its right to america to stand with you. >> also today in gentlemjerusal romney and his wife visited the western wall. you can see him putting a little piece of paper in there. one of the oldest in the old city. you can see him there making a prayer. one of the men running president obama's re-election efforts says mitt romney is not doing himself or anyone a favor. listen to robert gibbs. >> mitt romney wondered aloud whether london was really for the olympics and i think it's clear that voters in this country wonder aloud whether mitt romney's ready for the world and i think the world is not yet ready for mitt romney. i think there's literally to go overseas, stand in the country of the strongest ally and the olympics they've been preparing years for and question whether or not they're ready does mak
ones by going to cnn.com/colorado victims. >>> another story we are following. cnn has learned of new fallout of the penn state scandal. authorities are on site this morning at penn state prepping to bring down joe paterno's statue. they have begun to place fencing around the statue and a tarp. colorado police and students are around the scene and they have gathered. we will bring you information as it comes in. >>> more coverage on the colorado shooting. bomb technicians have cleared the apartment of james holmes making their way through dangerous bombs and trip wires. a look at what the evidence means for the shooting suspect. ♪ [ feedback ] attention, well, everyone. you can now try snapshot from progressive free for 30 days. just plug this into your car, and your good driving can save you up to 30%. you could even try it without switching your insurance. why not give it a shot? carry on. now you can test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit progressive.com today. ♪ atmix of energies.ve the world needs a broader that's why we're supplying natural gas to generate cleaner elec
>>> you are in the cnn "newsroom." i'm deborah feyerick in for don lemon. let's look at the stories we're following this hour. a movie theater turned into a murder scene. the colorado suspect linked to that mass shooting spree is going to be in court tomorrow. james holmes is expected to be formally charged of 12 counts of first-degree murder. he killed 12 people and 58 others were injured. holmes was a patient of a psychiatrist at the university of colorado just before the attack. >>> and getting the v.i.p. treatment, almost presidential treatment today in jerusalem. the presumed nominee for the republican party in the white house, mitt romney, the status of jerusalem. romney tells cnn he consider cans jerusalem the capital of israel and believes the american embassy should be there. the u.s. embassy is currently in tel aviv. mitt romney and his wife visited the western wall, one of the oldest -- one of the old city's holiest sites. full details coming up in just a moment. >>> and the arab league says war crimes are being committed. syria is battling rebels for control of the count
and not knowing when the possibility of an explanation. cnn's poppy harlow spoke to people who live there and here is her story. >> it's frightening. we don't know when we can go home. they say it could be tonight or another couple of days. >> reporter: forced to evacuate following friday's horrific mass theater shooting, paul mcqueen is shaken. his children terrified. their apartment building right next to the suspected shooters. for those who live here, forced to leave their home, it has been a day bull of angst and questions. first and foremost is we need to render the area safe. the most immediate threat is the trip wire. >> reporter: two hours later, progress. >> we have been successful in defeating the first threat, which includes defeating the trip wire and the first insinary device. >> reporter: but also this. >> this trip wire was set up to clearly detonate when someone entered that apartment and it was set up to kill that person. >> reporter: kaitlin fonzy says she lives in the apartment below the suspected shooter. she heard loud techno music in his apartment on friday. went upstairs an
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